Enemies To Lovers:
Series Starters Set
by Brittni Chenelle
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication date: January 22nd 2021
Their most dreaded rivals might be their greatest need. But with peril dogging their every encounter, will they give into dangerous desires?
Box set: 750+ pages of angsty enemies-to-lovers adventures with daring heroines and their foes destined to become forever partners.
Princess Charlotte’s whole world changed one morning over breakfast. With her mother announcing a rushed arranged marriage to a humorless prince, she’ll do anything to stop the wedding – including shooting him with an arrow. But after the kingdom is invaded and a sinister plot to capture her discovered, can she convince her unwanted suitor to help keep her out of enemy hands?
Reina Bennet won’t stop believing that she’ll eventually get her abilities. But when her childhood champion grows up into a smug superpowered bully, her escalating rivalry with her ex-friend gets them both kicked out of school. And after he ends up in a rebel group at their new academy, can she put aside her grudges for a chance at a fresh beginning?
Princess Sinna of the Shadow Court fears her fated mate means certain death. So when a magical ceremony reveals him as the powerful vampire king, she’s eager to prove she can be a worthy Hunter by killing him. But can she stop herself from falling hard as she tries to seduce him into a fatal embrace?
Enemies To Lovers: Series Starters Set is a kickass collection that includes the YA fantasy Kingdom Cold, the new adult fantasy The Fae & The Fallen, and the adult paranormal romance Chaste Blood. If you like strong women, diverse characters, and emotionally-charged conflicts, then you’ll adore Brittni Chenelle’s bestselling sensations.
Their most dreaded rivals might be their greatest need. But with peril dogging their every encounter, will they give into dangerous desires?
If you like strong women, diverse characters, and emotionally-charged conflicts, then you’ll adore Brittni Chenelle’s bestselling sensations.
Enemies To Lovers is a kickass collection that includes the YA fantasy Kingdom Cold, the new adult fantasy The Fae & The Fallen, and the adult paranormal romance Chaste Blood.
750+ pages of angsty enemies-to-lovers adventures with daring heroines and their foes destined to become forever partners.
AUTHOR BIO: Brittni Chenelle is a USA Today Bestselling Multicultural Fantasy Author who specializes in multi-POV romances. She loves to explore the blurred lines between good and evil and believes wholeheartedly in a great story’s ability to bring people together.
When she’s not writing, she can be found at her home in South Korea where she spends far too much time consuming coffee, dark chocolate, and videos of animals doing human things.
(West Side, #5)
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 2021
He’s not exactly who he appears to be. But then again, neither is she…Chase I’ve never felt as out of my league as I did when I met Sydney Frost. Not in the years I’ve spent starting successful companies or since. Working for a prestigious firm gives me status and power, and I’m already a master at charming my way through a crowd—or into the bedroom. One new office colleague should be a piece of cake to win over. Ms. Frost, however, is giving my efforts a chilly reception. Time to remind her that I’m not afraid to live up to my name, either… “Sydney” On the surface, it looks like I have it all: a new, influential job, a nice salary, and the hottest young executive in the company falling over himself to introduce me to the best New York City has to offer. It’s all a lie. My name is Sadie Keating, not Sydney Frost, and I’m an undercover agent for the FBI on a case that could make or break my career. Chase Maitlin, my sexy and persistent would-be suitor, is the prime suspect in a major cross-agency investigation. I’m the rookie desperately trying not to fall for him. Chasing Frost, the fifth book in the West Side series, is a steamy, enemies-to-lovers, sometimes funny, sometimes suspenseful, contemporary romance featuring a smart, dedicated heroine and the sexy bad boy who steals her heart.All of the contemporary romance novels in the West Side Series are standalone and can be read in any order.
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?
Chase, the hero in Chasing Frost, is the fun friend in the prior books. On the outset, he seems to have a big ego, but actually a lot of the tough bravado covers a degree of insecurity. When I thought about who he’d fall for, I decided a woman who could kick his ass literally, as well as possibly figuratively, might be just the challenge he needed. That’s how I came up with the idea of having him fall for an FBI agent.
What appealed to you about it?
I like FBI romance as a genre, but I especially like strong heroines.
Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
In their own ways, at the start of the relationship, both Chase and Sadie are pretending to be someone they’re not.
How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it?
I’m not quite sure, but ideas percolate for quite some time. I don’t measure it.
Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?
I do have stacks of notebooks and when I complete a notebook, I’ll go through and “file” pages under categories such as ‘Ideas’, or “Names I like”, etc. Only this past Christmas my husband gave me a device called a Remarkable. It’s an electronic notebook (for lack of a better word), but you can file pages by topic. I was skeptical, but I think it might replace my paper notebooks. My favorite feature is the ability to read articles on the web and send it to my remarkable for filing. It’s much easier than bookmarking (and hoping I can find it later) or printing (ie killing trees – and hoping I can find it later).
How long does it take to research a topic before you write?
When I plot out my calendar for the year, I allow one month for research and outlining. But, I tend to have ideas well before the scheduled month and research long before the allotted month.
And for this book? I researched for several months, but I can’t say for certain how long.
What resources do you use?
In general and for the last book that you wrote? The internet, obviously, is a great resource. I also like nonfiction books. For this book, I found an author, Jerri Williams, who is a retired FBI agent. I read her book, FBI Myths and Misconceptions, and I also listened to a ton of the episodes on her podcast with other FBI agents, as well as some others she recommended to me by phone.
Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?
Publishing is a business. I’ve never been traditionally published, but it seems to me any author a publisher selects is a risk. An author who already has proven himself/herself, and has a subscriber base to market, represents a lower risk. So, if I were a publisher, I’d look for authors who have already shown readers like their work and will buy it. If I were a publisher in this competitive environment, I would look to minimize my risk.
Therefore, it seems to me, self-publishing to start would be a benefit. I’ve heard of people taking years to find an agent and/or publisher. YEARS. When I hear that, I think of all the books they could have published in that time, all the readers they could have gained, all the things they could have learned to improve their craft and marketing skills…and to me, it feels like wasted time. All that time writing letters to agents and tracking responses, in my mind, could be better spent increasing one’s value as a writer.
Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
I published my first book one year ago, and writing (for me) absolutely does not provide enough income to live off of.
I’m pretty sure some author, somewhere, wrote that if you’re writing to become rich, you’ve chosen the wrong field. Maybe I just dreamed that, but right now that feels true. I think for the vast majority of authors, it takes potentially a few years with multiple releases before sales can cover expenses. This is my second year of publishing, so I expect I still have a ways to go before I’m living off the income.
What do you read when you are ill in bed?
Romance! I recently binged Bridgerton, and if I were sick tomorrow, I’d binge read that whole series.
What is your favourite genre?
Romance. Always has been. I do read a lot of nonfiction, but it’s never as enjoyable, and its always (for me) been something I choose to read for business purposes.
If you could recommend a living author – who would it be?
Jewel E. Ann. I love the variety in her work. A dead author? Maya Angelou.
In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?
What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?
Trash. I’ve moved far too many times to be a pack rat. The floppy disks it might have survived on were dumped long ago…back whenever computers that accepted floppy disks died out.
Do you have any pets?
If so, what are they?
A labradoodle and a cat.
And what are they called?
Roxie and Figgy.
Do they help you write? Eg our cats like to sit on my desk/computer and play with my mouse.
Roxie is almost always next to me, no matter where I am in the house. Since I work from home, you could say she helps me write. Sometimes she interrupts me for a scratch or to go outside. Figgy hates Roxie, in a claws-out kind of way, and therefore he never comes around.
What is the funniest thing they have done while you are writing?
I live on a lake, and one day Roxie was roaming our backyard while I was writing. A mother goose and her babies came up on the beach. Roxie charged forward, and the goose rose up from the water’s edge, wings spread out, expanding to easily three times her size. Roxie did a one-eighty, tucked her tail and ran back up to me for protection.
About the Author:
Isabel Jolie, or Izzy to her friends, is an Amazon bestselling indie author with an unquenchable thirst for a good, sexy love story. Izzy’s heart pumps faster for stories with strong heroines, down-to-earth realism, and an unexpected twist.
When she’s not writing or reading, she can often be found with a glass of wine in hand relaxing with her husband, daughters, and good friends lakeside.
Izzy fills her Instagram feed with funnies, inspirational “brain candy”, and anything that meshes with her mood of the day.
Playing with Fire
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: January 19th 2021
When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest, a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out―or die―in Playing with Fire, an unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry. Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees. But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare. With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must reach the only way out―a foot bridge over a deep canyon―before the fire catches them.
After I read news stories about a group of hikers was trapped by the Eagle Creek Fire in 2017, I knew immediately that I wanted to put fictional hikers in a similar situation. The real group of hikers trapped at Punchbowl Falls numbered over a hundred, but that’s far too many to follow for a book. I cut it down to about a dozen.
In real life, as in the book, people who had planned on doing an easy three mile round-trip trek to a swimming hole suddenly found themselves forced to hike over twenty miles on much more treacherous trails, much of it at night.
I was fascinated by the idea of this disparate group of people having to pull together if they are to survive. And after writing books featuring serial killers, it was kind of fun to write one where the serial killer is nature. I wanted the characters to survive everything the environment might throw at them, so I brainstormed scenarios with a search and rescue leader. He told me some crazy true stories about the Eagle Creek Fire. One was about a large tree that toppled and torpedoed down a couple thousand feet of scree slope, which sheared off all its limbs and turned into a giant log missile. I used that in the book.
I decided that my main character had survived a house fire as a child, so I researched house fires, burn units, and trauma therapy.
For additional research, my husband and I hiked in the unburned side of the Gorge in Washington State so that I could take pictures and make mental notes.
I also became certified in wilderness first aid.
The fire struck close to home. In fact, if the winds had shifted, it could have reached Portland. Even so, it burned for weeks. On many days, my car was coated in ash. The Columbia Gorge is considered one of the jewels of Oregon, but now the trees that used to stand sentinel on the hills are nothing but blackened stubs. Surviving a wild fire unfortunately continues to be a timely topic, as the summer of 2020 saw even fiercer wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Washington.
April Henry is the New York Times–bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels The Girl in the White Van; Girl, Stolen; The Night She Disappeared; The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die; The Girl I Used to Be, which was nominated for an Edgar Award and won the Anthony Award for Best YA Mystery; Count All Her Bones; The Lonely Dead; Run, Hide, Fight Back; and The Body in the Woods and Blood Will Tell, the first two books in the Point Last Seen series. She lives in Oregon.
The Blue Trilogy, #2
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Publication date: October 29th 2020
She was a distraction. He was a mistake. Now they’re in each others’ way.
Rookie investigator Devyn Foster knows the pain of losing family. It’s what drives her to do what she does – finding the missing and the lost and returning them to their families.
Her latest assignment is no different, finding the computer a whiz who disappeared while working on a mysterious project. Even though his case has gone cold, she won’t let his elderly parents suffer. She will find him and return him back to them.
But that was before the one-night stand that changed everything…
Private Investigator Max Carson has never let anything—or anyone—stop him from getting the job done. So when he’s hired to track down a software program that could change the world, that’s exactly what he’s going to do… until he finds himself in a dead heat with a woman who’s just as determined as he is to get the job done on her own terms.
Now Max has to deal with two problems: how to get Devyn out of the way… and out of his heart.
I grew up in a family who recounted family lore all the time. It was a way family history was passed on from generation to generation. Additionally, books I read in my youth, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and comics hooked me on suspense stories. Italian novellas hooked me on romance.
Favorite Genres for reading and writing
Reading: Thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, including regency romance, young adult, contemporary and women’s fiction
Writing preference: a combination of romance and suspense.
Inspirations: Movies, history, and personal stories, and art history.
Favorite activity: travelling. I’m an avid foodie who cooks and posts too much food porn, but I include my own recipes in the newsletters.
Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
The latest books are part of a series––The Blue Trilogy. Though the genre is enemies to lovers and romantic suspense. The two characters had a one-night stand where the man ghosted the woman as soon as the tryst ended. He was a real cad. Imagine the emotions when they are sitting across from each other in a conference room. They cross paths seeking a missing person and technology theft.
What character(s) in your books are your favorite?
The female character, Grace, from The Confessional, got into my head and made me feel all the emotions, pain, shame, fear, and hope. I wish all my characters would turn out that way. The male character, Saint, was the worst kind of scum in the beginning of the book. I had to dial back the depth of vile in his personality.
Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Both. I started my first books writing my stories by the seat of my pants––hence the term panster. However, this method caused me to backtrack and spent more time doing that than fine tuning the story. I appreciate the need for an outline, now. But eventually, I go off-road and capture the story as it develops in my mind.
Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes, I have editors. I’ve used a content editor for the trilogy. The other type of editors reviews the manuscript line by line, pointing out inconsistencies such as timeline issues, relationships among the characters, locations or physical proximities––things like that. It’s hard to get a manuscript perfect, but the obvious errors should be caught. My proofreader is a magical combination of the three AND she makes sure the grammar and punctuation are correct.
What kinds of marketing [Twitter, Facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
I promote my books mostly on Facebook, Instagram, and sometimes on Twitter. I don’t advertise on Facebook much because I find the dashboard challenging to use. When I think everything is set up and hit post, they’ve kicked back the ads due to issues with wording and photos showing too much skin. Instagram has been easier for me to use for advertising.
Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Yes. I can’t do both at the same time without the other suffering. While the books are going through the first phase of editing, I devote that time to designing teasers, videos, and formulating the template for takeovers, newsletter, and giveaways. I love using RIPL to make my own videos. When I get the editor’s feedback, review the suggestions and get back to work.
What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Make notes on what you want to write immediately. Don’t let the brief thoughts or ideas slip away. Write the synopsis or blurb. It could serve as your roadmap for the book. Read a lot of the genre in which you want to write. Get some readers to look over your synopsis and first chapter. Get help planning your release.
Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer –
Dogs or cats? I like both. You better include birds.
Chocolate or vanilla? Strawberry, mint chocolate chip, Sicilian pistachio
Coffee or Tea? Coffee at home, expresso while traveling, chamomile when it’s cold
Talk or Text? I hate texting, but it’s convenient when I don’t have time to talk.
GALLERY OF CHARACTERS FOR SMOKE SCREEN, BLUE TRILOGY
To help you visualise:
DEVYN FOSTER, ROOKIE PRIVATE INVESITAGOR WITH A SOFT SPOT FOR MISSING PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILIES
MAX CARSON, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WITH A JADED PAST WHO DISCARDED DEVYN AFTER A ONE NIGHT STAND
BEN ROSENBERG, FORMER MOSSAD, DEVYN’S BOSS, AND APPARENT AUTHORITY FIGURE
KAI LIN, MISSING CHINESE NATIONAL
K. Nilsson’s love of reading began with the Bobbsey twins. When she ran across some Italian True Romance novellas stashed in the attic, the musty serials hooked her on adult fiction. Though black and white photos were dramatic enough to know what the stories were about, she taught herself to read in Italian and translated them to her friends. She’s an unapologetic reviewer of books, restaurants, and vacation destinations. An amateur photographer, K. loves taking editorial photos and documenting her travels. Her personal philosophy, sleeping is a waste of time.
Dirty Deeds: An Urban Fantasy Collection ,
Devon Monk, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Faith Hunter, R.J. Blain
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: January 12th 2021
When the going gets tough, the tough get their hands dirty. Join NY Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter, USA Today Bestselling author R.J. Blain, and National Bestselling authors Diana Pharaoh Francis and Devon Monk on a wild romp where the damsels bring the distress and what can go wrong will go wrong.
Venture into a thrilling spinoff tale from the world of Jane Yellowrock; join vacationing gods in what appears to be a quiet, ordinary town; visit a supernatural hotel where the bedbugs could very well eat you; and dive into the zany, deadly world of the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series.
In this collection of all-new urban fantasy novellas and other stories, no job is too big or too small — if the price is right.
1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?
The Ordinary Magic books began as a short story I’d written years ago. I just loved the idea of a sleepy beach town where gods put down their powers to vacation, and all manner of monsters and creatures live and work alongside humans.
For this story, SEALED WITH A TRYST, I thought a garage sale run by a trickster god might be a lot of fun to write. Turned out the garage sale is cursed, (of course) which leads to hilarity.
The little bonus short story: AT DEATH’S DOOR is meant as a gift to all my readers who love the character Than (god of death).
2.Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?
I always feel a little odd answering this because really, I should say: all of them. I am made of snips and bits of everything I’ve read in my life, so it’s hard to say just one or two authors most influenced me.
Back when I started writing, I was focused on fantasy, science fiction, and horror short stories. I read anything in those genres I could get my hands on. I’d say it was probably Ann Maxwell, Patricia McKillip, Roger Zelazny, and Connie Willis who first made me sit up straight and say: “That. I wanna do that.”
3.Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so, why?
No, but I have typed out paragraphs written by other writers. If I read a book I loved but couldn’t figure out why it worked so well for me, I’d sit and type a few pages, word for word. I used the same punctuation. I entered the same line breaks. Feeling the author’s words filtering through my fingers gave me a tactile roadmap of how that author thought through and structured their writing.
It was eye-opening. It’s still something I recommend to other writers if they’re grappling to get a good grip on an unfamiliar tone or structure or genre.
4.Which is your favourite place to visit? Do you incorporate it into your books?
One of my favorite places to visit was my great-grandmother’s house in Lincoln City, Oregon. Lincoln City is a little beach town on the Oregon coast that has grown a bit in the last few decades to cater more to tourists. But when I was a child, it felt like a faraway land of magic.
I love the beach, the town, and my great-grandmother’s house (which a ship’s captain built by hand for his wife) so much, that I based Ordinary Oregon off the place. I even put my great-grandmother’s house in there too, as Delaney’s family’s home.
5.Has the pandemic inspired you with any new stories to write? If so, what is the story premise?
The pandemic inspired me to rewrite and publish a book I’d written just months before it hit. WAYWARD SOULS is set on Route 66, and is book #1 in my new Souls of the Road series. It has monsters and magic, and starcrossed, lovers doing everything they can to survive.
I drove the old Route 66 with my husband a couple years ago (when this book was just a glimmer of an idea) and had an absolute blast getting lost, back on track, turned around, and lost again. I’m putting many of the places and magical bits we saw on our trip into these books.
Urban fantasy, a little romance, and a favorite road trip all in one book? Yes, please!